Will I Have Fun In Recovery?

We don’t think that there can be any life after recovery. Drugs and alcohol were everything to us. Substance were the way that we relaxed, the way that we enjoyed life, the way that we coped with stress- everything. Once drugs and alcohol are taken away we feel as though we may never be able…

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Emotional Healing In Addiction Recovery

  How can someone avoid addiction relapse? By knowing and planning for the stages of relapse: emotional, mental, and physical. Self-care is the biggest step toward emotional healing and sobriety. It may sound like jargon, but it’s actually a meticulous therapeutic process made up of lots of small, calculated steps. When you’re stressed, frustration, or…

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What Do I Need To Know About Fentanyl?

  Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is highly dangerous. Translucent, odorless, and tasteless, it is impossible for opioid users to know when they are getting fentanyl when they buy heroin on the street. Reports from the streets where heroin addicts live reveal that even the most severe of addicts is terrified of buying heroin…

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How To Make An Aftercare Plan

  Addiction can’t be solved overnight; no mental health problem is that easy. Just because you’ve completed treatment doesn’t mean you’ve recovered. The physical cravings were only a part of the problem. The drive to use drugs runs much deeper, and it takes a while to build a new lifestyle that doesn’t encourage follow through…

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Has The Drop In Opioid Prescriptions Helped The Opioid Addiction Epidemic?

  The opioid epidemic has been a headlining crisis for the last few years. Celebrity overdose deaths and a climbing number of opioid related overdoses helped the country quickly realize, we have a problem with opioid drugs. In 2015, 52,000 people died of opioid overdose in America. 2015 is the latest year where data has…

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Opiate Myths

Opiate users are opiate addicts This perpetuation of this myth is, you could say, well-intended. America is becoming more aware of the danger of opiate medications, leading to a growing stigma surrounding them. However, it’s important that the public understands that opiate medications, like prescription painkillers, themselves aren’t bad; that no medication can be characterized…

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Could A Hormone In The Brain Explain Alcoholism?

  Aldosterone is a hormone in the brain that isn’t frequently spoken about. Produced by the adrenal glands, the hormone takes part in regulating and controlling blood pressure. In addition, the aldosterone hormone helps balance electrolytes, which are needed for energy. New research from the NIAAA, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism discovered…

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Quitting Adderall Cold Turkey

Adderall, an amphetamine meant for treating ADHD, is abused everywhere, especially on college campuses, where students share with friends—sometimes for last-minute exam cramming, sometimes for partying. When abused, Adderall acts similarly to methamphetamine and cocaine: it dramatically increased the activity of dopamine in the brain, causing a long, intense high–followed by a debilitating crash. How…

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Is Stress Affecting Your Health?

  It is said that stress is a number one cause of death because it can create problems in a variety of areas of health. Stress is a priority to manage in recovery to keep cravings at a minimum. When life is feeling too stressed, it is important to check in with your mental state,…

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Are There Foods To Boost Serotonin?

There exists a strong relationship between healthy eating and positive mood regulation. Sticking to three healthy meals per day, with few snacks in-between, is a great way to keep your body’s functions in check and boost your spirits in the process. After eating fresh fruits, veggies, and meats, we feel good and refreshed. Tryptophan is…

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